HC Deb 15 March 1939 vol 345 cc404-5
62. Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has considered the protests from Sierra Leone from workers' organisations against the treatment of their members during the strikes and requesting the appointment of an independent commission of inquiry into the causes of strikes in the protectorate and of the general labour conditions prevalent; and what action has been taken in the matter?

Mr. M. MacDonald

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I do not feel that a commission of inquiry is called for. Before the strikes occurred it had been announced that a labour secretary was to be appointed,

whose duty will be to inspect and advise upon labour conditions and to help in the relationship between employers and employed. An experienced officer has been selected for the post, and is to take up duty as soon as this can be arranged.

Mr. Adams

If I put a question on a later date, will the right hon. Gentleman have some information as to the working of this?

Mr. MacDonald

I am certainly glad at all times to give the hon. Member in formation. It depends on what form the question takes as to how much information I can give him.

73. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies "whether he will give information to the House regarding the position in Sierra Leone; whether the proclamation issued by the acting governor on 31st January, under Section 34 of the Police Ordinance is still in force; and whether it is intended to make its provisions permanent?

Mr. MacDonald

My latest information is that the strike among employeés of the War Department is regarded as over, but that the strike among the employ6s of a coaling company unfortunately continues. The proclamation is being kept in force for the time being but there is no intention of making it permanent.

Mr. Sorensen

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when it is likely that this Proclamation will be received?

Mr. MacDonald

I cannot give any date.

Mr. Sorensen

Meanwhile, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable irritation and resentment about this Proclamation?

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